Letter from James Armour, Glasgow to W. Mackenzie, London

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Armour has read the works forwarded to him by Mackenzie with “a good deal of pleasure” although he finds “some horribly cutting but true things” said in Mackenzie’s Introduction about anatomical knowledge which seemed “purposely and pointedly directed against my extreme deficiency in this most essential and absolutely indispensible knowledge.” Armour wishes that Mackenzie could have sent a letter with the books. “I suppose you count the lines of your letters as you do of your Essays and expect to be paid for the one as the other by the page….. Has not something not quite as it should be occurred to the great Sir William Adams.” Mrs Rainy is “ a very pleasant, apparently well informed woman…I suppose she cannot be said to be beautiful, I dare say Rainy thinks she is.” Rainy is “ a wonderful fellow - I never once go to his house but I come away in amazement at the extent, the variety and the accuracy of his knowledge.” Armour has had charge of half the fever hospital since last August but this is drawing to an end due to the fever diminishing and the funds being nearly exhausted. Refers to Pattison’s affair “it was thought he would leave the place at one time.” Wishes he had the opportunity of dissecting a bit more and without risk.